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[Video] Spanish Mystics talk

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters
#6 The Spanish Mystics

St Teresa of Avila & St John of the Cross:
Life & Love in Jesus Christ

Sixth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

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The sixth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters looks at two giants of the interior life: St Theresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. The profound mysticism of these two well-loved, Spanish saints did not detract from their pragmatic determinedness. Together, they reformed the Carmelite order in Spain, founding no less than 23 monasteries between them and effectively establishing the order of Discalced Carmelites. The hardships and difficulties they both endured in pursuing their vocation and in reforming their order were only met with a strength that was founded on their deep love for Christ, which was also the foundation of the great friendship between them.

About the speaker:

Fr Matthew Blake is a Carmelite priest, originally from Ireland. He has lived and worked in the UK for more than thirty years, becoming a well-established and widely-respected retreat director and speaker on Carmelite spirituality.

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #7 St Benedict of Norcia

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 7 - St Benedict of Norcia
[online evening talk]

Thursday 3 December @7:30pm

The Saviour of Europe:
St Benedict & Benedictine Spirituality

Seventh of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The seventh talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters turns to the “Father of Western Monasticism” and his Rule of life, which  still guides religious life around the world 1,500 years later. Benedict fled Rome, with the degenerate and empty lifestyle that he found amongst his fellow students, to become a hermit in the hills outside the city. His saintliness soon attracted diverse followers, and set him on the path of establishing monastic communities and writing a Rule. Though these were not primarily centres of learning, Benedictine monasteries, and others following their example, became the repositories of learning and culture. Europe thus owes not only its monastic tradition to Benedict, but also the continuity of its development through the medieval era.

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Next in the series:

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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[Video] St Francis de Sales talk

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters
#5 St Francis de Sales

Devotion is for Everyone:
The Life & Spirituality of St Francis de Sales

Fifth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

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The fifth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters explores the spirituality of a great Bishop and director of souls: St Francis de Sales. Known for his deep love of God and his determination to bring every person – be they lay or religious – to a real holiness of life, he paid special attention to lay people living working lives. Much of his writing was directed to showing such people how to grow in holiness through their day-to-day activity. His fame as a spiritual director brought him into demand from Popes, royalty and nobility. Despite this, he lived out the last word of advice he gave from his deathbed: “humility”.

About the speaker:

Canon Scott Tanner is a priest of the Institute of Christ the King, Soverign Priest. After studying Theology and Religious Studies at Nottingham University, he studied for the priest at St Philip Neri Seminary, near Florence, Italy. He was ordained in 2015 and worked in the Diocese of Shrewsbury before joining the parish of St Walburge’s in Preston, Lancashire.

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #6 The Spanish Mystics

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 6 - St.s Theresa of Avila & John of the Cross
[online evening talk]

Thursday 19 November @7:30pm

The Spanish Mystics:
Life & Love in Jesus Christ

Sixth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The sixth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters looks at two giants of the interior life: St Theresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. The profound mysticism of these two well-loved, Spanish saints did not detract from their pragmatic determinedness. Together, they reformed the Carmelite order in Spain, founding no less than 23 monasteries between them and effectively establishing the order of Discalced Carmelites. The hardships and difficulties they both endured in pursuing their vocation and in reforming their order were only met with a strength that was founded on their deep love for Christ, which was also the foundation of the great friendship between them.

About the speaker:

Fr Matthew Blake is a Carmelite priest. Originally from Ireland, he has lived and worked  in the UK for more than thirty years. His ministry has mainly involved retreat direction, for which he is well-known in the UK, and he has also worked in many different parishes.

Next in the series:

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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[Video] Newman 101 conference

Newman 101:
Why Newman Still Matters Today

Newman 101: Why Newman Matters Today

Recordings of the online colloquium celebrating St Newman’s 10th anniversary of beatification and 1st anniversary of canonisation.

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Newman: A Heart to Heart [evening talk]

Newman:
A Heart To Heart
[evening talk]

24 October, 7:30pm [2019]

A Journey Through Neman's Life and Work

Bl. John Henry Newman will be canonised on 13th October. Explore his life and spirituality in this three-part talk.

John Henry Newman is the latest English person to be canonised. He is a figure of great importance for our time. Fr Laurence Gambella will explore Newman’s life and work, taking us on a three-part encounter with this great man:

  1. Newman’s Heart: the personal encounter with God – the affairs of the heart – are central to understanding this saint
  2. Newman’s Life: a sketch of Newman’s life and his spiritual journey
  3. Newman’s Relevance for Today: pointers for the hope that Newman can provide for the future
About the speaker:

Fr Laurence Gambella is a priest of Salford Diocese, hailing from Blackburn. He studied at Oxford University, the Pontifical Beda College in Rome and the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He serves as chaplain to the Catholic Medical Association and as Hospital Chaplain.

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£5

 

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #4 St Thomas Aquinas

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 4 - St Thomas Aquinas
[online evening talk]

Thursday 22 October @7:30pm

The Answer is 43:
Aquinas on Life, the Universe & Everything

Fourth of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

The fourth talk of Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters will explore the spirituality of one of the Church’s greatest theologians: Thomas Aquinas. Known for his unique and massive synthesis of Catholic theology, Aquinas earned the title of “The Angelic Doctor” not just for his great learning, but for the wisdom and light he brought to the Church’s thinking. In this talk, Fr Richard Conrad, O.P. will focus particularly on the themes of being, freedom and friendship. As the greatest of God’s gifts, they are fundamental to this great saint’s spirituality.

About the speaker:

Richard Conrad studied chemistry at Cambridge, and after his doctorate joined the Dominican Friars. He has served as Prior in Cambridge and Leicester, and for 8 years was Novice Master of the Province. He taught dogmatic theology at Maryvale Institute part-time from 1992 to 2016, and from 2007 has been resident at Blackfriars, Oxford, where he teaches dogmatic theology and the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and is currently Director of the Aquinas Institute.

Next in the series:

5th November – St Francis de Sales with Canon Scott Tanner, I.C.K.S.P.

19th November – Sts Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross with Fr Matthew Blake, O.C.D.

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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Our English History & Its Saints [conference]

Our English History & Its Saints
[conference]

Saturday 7 March, 10am - 6pm

A day of learning about & celebrating our Christian story

Join us for a fun day of learning and activities, presented by Joanna Bogle, DSG.

We were once part of the Roman Empire, the same empire into which Christ was born. The Faith first came to Britain through the trade routes of that same Roman Empire. Then barbarians invaded and there were fresh reasons to evangelise, which led to the Saxon Christian era, the Vikings, the Normans – and then to Middle Ages, the Tudors, on to modern times… Come and hear the whole story!

The day will include:

  • Parallel activities for adults and children
  • For the adults: talks, workshops and a history walk
  • For the children: treasure hunts, stories, fact-finding and creative activities
  • Visit to the Stonyhurst College Historic Libraries and Old Chapel Museum
  • Morning coffee and buns
  • Afternoon tea and cakes
  • Drinks reception

Families, couples or individuals are all welcome to join us for a fascinating and informative day!

The day starts at 10am with a welcome over coffee and buns...

For the adults, the day will include the following:

  • Introductory talk on Britain’s Christian Story
  • Choice of workshops on the Saints of Saxon England
  • A Catholic History Walk contemplating Medieval England
  • A glimpse of Catholic Recusancy in Stonyhurst’s Old Chapel Museum
  • A closing talk on The Tudors and on to Newman
About the speaker:

Joanna Bogle, DSG is an author, broadcaster and historian. Currently Visiting Research Fellow at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, she has lectured in Britain, the USA, and Australia. She has written over 20 books, including on Newman’s London, A Book of Saints and Heroines and A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations. She is well-known for her Catholic History Walks around London. A former London Borough councillor, Joanna is chairman of LOGS – a ladies group in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham – and works with the Association of Catholic Women, running events and conferences for families and schools. She is also chairman of Christian Projects, a charity running Bible-based RE projects for Britain’s secondary schools.

Cost:

Adults: £29

Children: £15

Family ticket (2 aduls + 2 children): £78

Buffet lunch supplement: £9.50 (adults), £6.50 (children)

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #1 St Ignatius of Loyola

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 1 - St Ignatius of Loyola
[online evening talk]

Thursday 3 September @7:30pm

Man of His Time and Saint for the Present

First of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

This is the first talk in our new online series of talks: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters. It will explore the life and spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Founder of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius is perhaps one of the most attractive and enigmatic of the Western Saints. A mercenary and a romantic, he was wounded in battle and spent time recuperating in hospital. He famously converted when forced to read the Gospels and the Lives of the Saints out of boredom. The ensuing time he spent in solitude, seeking the real meaning to his life, provided the basis for his Spiritual Exercises. These remain hugely relevant, immensely popular and religiously followed centuries later.

About the speaker:

Fr Dominic Robinson, SJ is currently Parish Priest of Farm Street in central London.  Farm Street Church, and the adjoining London Jesuit Centre, is a vibrant city centre ministry of the Jesuits, aiming to extend welcome and hospitality to many different groups.  Fr Dominic is also UK director of Landings, the programme for returning Catholics, teaches Theology at St Mary’s University, is Chair of Justice & Peace in the Diocese of Westminster and Ecclesiastical Assistant to the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Next in the series:

24th September – St Therese of Lisieux with Canon John Udris.

8th October – St John Henry Newman with Dr Giuseppe Pezzini.

22nd October – St Thomas Aquinas with Fr Richard Conrad, O.P.

5th November – St Francis de Sales with Canon Scott Tanner, I.C.K.S.P.

19th November – Sts Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross with Fr Matthew Blake, O.C.D.

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters [online evening talk] – #2 St Therese of Lisieux

Saints, Scholars & Spiritual Masters 2 - St Therese of Lisieux
[online evening talk]

Thursday 24 September @7:30pm

Forging a Little Way to Heaven

Second of the online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters

This is the second talk in our new online series: Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters. It will explore the life and spirituality of Therese of Lisieux. Perhaps one of the most beloved saints of Western Europe, Therese died at the age of only 24 after a long struggle with tuberculosis. She had spent 9 years as a Carmelite nun, fighting to be allowed to enter the convent at the age of 15. Her hidden and simple, yet whole-hearted life of prayer was repaid with a special grace of intimacy with God. Her vocation to love in her very ordinary struggles and simple life instantly made her an immensely popular and accessible saint. Canonised only 28 years after her death, her “Story of a Soul” has been read by and inspired countless people all over the world.

About the speaker:

Canon John Udris is Spiritual Director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham.  He has a Licence in Spirituality from the Dominican University in Rome.  He is the author of two books on St Therese: ‘Holy Daring’ and ‘The Gift of St Therese of Lisieux.’

Next in the series:

8th October – St John Henry Newman with Dr Giuseppe Pezzini.

22nd October – St Thomas Aquinas with Fr Richard Conrad, O.P.

5th November – St Francis de Sales with Canon Scott Tanner, I.C.K.S.P.

19th November – Sts Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross with Fr Matthew Blake, O.C.D.

3rd December – St Benedict of Norcia with Fr Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.

10th December – St Francis of Assisi with Fr Gabriel Kyte, C.F.R.

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